Style May 15 2017 / 0 Comments
Best Men’s Watches For Every Budget
Whether your budget is $100 or $1 million, we've got a classic time piece to suit your style.
by Nigel Henry
As the world becomes increasingly more digital and automated, we cling tighter to the classic objects that reorient us to a more familiar and comfortable place. Men’s timepieces are one object that certainly haven’t lost their luster, maintaining their hold as a firm expression of style and punctuality.
The enormity and breadth of the watch industry is only indicative of its staying power. As indeed these objects ground us in the contemporary rat race of life through a centuries old system of time management, as not only useful but beautiful personal items, meant for both form and function. So often time is money, and if you’re going to get ahead, you should wear a watch.
Thus when it comes to picking the right men’s timepiece, the choices can be daunting. We’ve rounded up some of the best men’s watches at nearly every price point, from the easily obtainable to the absurdly extravagant, proving you don’t necessarily have to shell out to own a stylish piece, but if you’re going to blow the bank we can tell you how to do that, too.
Seiko 5 Men's Automatic SNK809K2
For full-on functionality and a clean, utilitarian look, nothing beats Seiko. For more than a century this venerable Japanese brand has been churning out reasonably priced yet aesthetically pleasing timepieces and the SNK809K2 is no exception. You’d be hard-pressed to find a comparable watch at this price point.
With a moderately sized round black dial encased in stainless steel, the watch face features monochromatic white numbering with punchy red accents. A day/date window and an exhibition case back add appealing secondary features. Other elements include an accurate 21-jewel automatic movement with an analog display, luminosity, a sweeping second hand, and a simple but stately black canvas fabric band.
Swatch Black Rebel
For that black, on black, on black look Swatch might be the best player in the affordable watch game. The fully monochrome look is showing no signs of slowing down at the Black Rebel is an expressive way to observe the trend. This sleek and minimal design is the perfect way to coordinate with a dark outfit or add a shock of interest to a crisp white shirt.
While the watch’s silicone band and round plastic case are light and durable firmly cementing its status in the affordable category. Plus you can’t beat Swatch’s Swiss-made manufacturing.
Timex Miami Chronograph
Topping out our under $100 price point the Timex Miami Chronograph is the only watch in this category with a stainless steel bracelet. The profile of this watch transitions easily from work to casual settings and dress. Its round marine blue face and sturdy bracelet give it the confidence of a modern classic.
A chronograph, date feature and water resistance to 30 meters add to its overall functionality.
Daniel Wellington Classic Suffolk
Daniel Wellington set a new benchmark in the accessible yet smart watch game, wowing aficionados, celebrities and style professionals alike. The limited edition Classic Suffolk is a new iteration of the brand’s traditional model, re-imagined in a very of-the-moment rose gold plated case.
The watch’s eye-catching eggshell white dial is shelved in a thin 6mm case that’s accented by its rich red leather strap. This timepiece is at home on the wrist in the office or at play, easily passable as much more expensive than it actually is.
Victorinox Maverick Large
Blending sophistication and function the Swiss manufactured Maverick is adept at multitasking. The watch’s quartz movement keeps it ticking in time, while its stainless steel case and triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal scratch resistant face gives it a necessary roughness. The stainless steel bracelet gives it an air of luxury and professionalism.
Other features include a military time function, end-of-life-indicator date and diving capabilities with water resistance up to 100 meters. For this reason, it’s a clear choice, as it’s one of the cheapest and best-made diving watches on the market
Mondaine Helvetica No1 Bold
Inspired by the legendary and thoroughly modern, no frills Helvetica typeface, Mondaine’s Helvetica No1 Bold watch makes a serene yet bold statement. Its utility extends beyond form, a very precise quartz movement is incorporated into a black stainless steel watch face framed by a soft black nylon strap.
Water resistance up to 30 meters and a durable profile contribute to its diversity of use. The Swiss-made Helvetica is simple and understated while still maintaining enough heft to make it a major player in the category.
Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto
With a nod to ever popular mid-century modernism, Hamilton is a major player in the watch industry with a reputation for polished design and superior craftsmanship. The Swiss-made Intra-Matic Auto rightly takes its place in the brand, based off of the 1960s Thin-O-Matic model, exuding retro details and heritage styling.
The current Intra-Matic Auto boasts an automatic movement and a 42-hour power reserve. It’s minimalistic brushed steel face and stainless steel bezel is housed in a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, with unique placement of the date display at the 6 o’clock position.
Shinola Runwell Chrono
Shinola is a rather recent player in the watch game, entering the scene in 2011 with an entirely made in America, or rather made in Detroit, manufacturing process. Though still a young brand, Shinola continues to set a standard for understated quality and the Runwell Chrono is no exception.
The Runwell charts the rise of American style through its split-second precision with an Argonite 5021 high accuracy quartz movement featuring an hours, minutes, and date indicator along with a stopwatch function and other subdials. This watch is not only built to last, but it looks great, too. A richly hued sapphire blue face gives way to a sumptuous brown leather strap with contrast stitching. A Shinola comes with major cool points.
Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch
Another American-made watch company, the Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch features a fully mechanical movement composed of more than 100 Swiss parts all assembled and finished by hand in Los Angeles and then individually numbered. The case and case back are constructed out of one solid piece of stainless steel while the dials are made of solid naval brass.
To give the Standard Issue durability and longevity sapphire crystals are used on the front and back of the case to show off the movement. The watch hands are made from a black oxide treated steel brushed with Super-Luminova paint for greater visibility in dark environments. The watch’s olive green canvas strap gives it a rugged military look easily at home in any modern wardrobe.
Bell & Ross BR01-93 GMT 24H
You’d struggle to find a more unique looking piece than the Bell & Ross BR01-93 GMT at this price point. With a clunky square shape set on heavy-duty black rubber straps the BR01-93 GMT corners the automatic movement market with this aviation watch.
This watch is made for movement, incorporating a second time-zone for frequent fliers. Aesthetically, it’s easily readable with a wide face featuring a bright orange central arrow hand. Divers have another bonus in its water resistance capability up to 100 meters.
Rolex Perpetual Submariner Date
When it comes to timepieces Rolex is perpetually viewed as the cream of the crop that is hard to beat. The Perpetual Submariner Date is reflective of the brand’s reputation and commitment to world-renowned quality and design. This model has 904L stainless steel construction that is both resilient and highly polishable.
From a looks point of view, the watch’s bright emerald green dial is festooned with 18-carat gold hour markers that are resistant to tarnishing. A caliber 3135 self-winding mechanical movement is pioneered by Rolex. This is surely a watch that is not only strikingly contemporary but is well-suited as a timeless piece to pass down through the generations.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
Designed in partnership between Omega and GoodPlanet the Seamaster Planet Ocean sets a standard for sustainable yet beautiful timepieces. The marine theme is present throughout its design with a sea blue dial and rubber strap. It’s also water resistant up to 600 meters, by far the deepest of the other watches on this list.
Other features include a bright orange aluminum GMT hand, polished blue bi-directional rotating bezel, and helium escape valve at the 10 o’clock point on the case. It’s also fitted with an Omega Co-Axial caliber 8605. If you’re looking to drop a chunk of change on a watch that is both sporty and elegant, this Omega would do the trick.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Grande Complication
Audemars has long cornered the market on distinctive and multi-featured watches, with the price tag to boot. The Royal Oak Grande Complication is perhaps their most elaborate and extravagant timepiece yet. The watch is exceedingly hand finished with cut-out beadblasted and polished bevels that reveal the intricacy of the matte finish underneath.
The watch also features a split-second chronograph, a perpetual calendar, and a minute repeater. The titanium construction add visible heft and richness to the overall look and impact of the Royal Oak.
Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4
With such an ambitious claim as the “most complicated watch ever made” the Franck Muller Aeternitas Mega 4 better be good. The piece incorporates 36 different complications in 1,483 individual components and even a 1,000 year calendar.
The watches unique vertical styling is characteristic of the Swiss-made Franck Muller brand. No eccentric expense has been spared with the Aternitas, as the maker has managed to cram in an almost obscene amount of utilities into the Mega 4. The model is encased in glass sapphire with a piece or tourbillon on the dial for added impact in an insanely engineered product.
Patek Philippe Yellow-Gold Calibre 89
Even for the most discerning watch connoisseur, owning a Patek Philippe is the epitome of collecting. If you’re going to own a Patek Philippe why not go for the company’s most complicated model ever made? The Yellow-Gold Calibre 89, named for the year it was produced to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary, has 33 complications.
After developing the watch over a 10-year period Patek Philippe only produced four models, one in platinum, one in rose gold, one in 18k white gold, and this one in yellow gold. The watch can display the seasons, sunset and sunrise timings, equinoxes and solstices, and even zodiac signs. More than 1,728 parts went into the making of this watch, and since it failed to sell at Sotheby’s in Geneva this past weekend, it can still be yours!